Virginia McDaniel Slonina was reunited with her husband of 70 years September 18, 2018. She was a beautiful 96 years old. They met by chance at Buckroe Beach just before he left for US Air Force service in World War II. Their letters lead to a ring and, upon his return, a marriage. She held a variety of jobs from switchboard operator at Camp Patrick Henry (now Newport News) during the war to her favorite, working at the Poquoson Elementary School library. She never forgot and continued to keep up with many of the young students, now grandparents. Virginia, Mama, made many of our clothes and anything else she could run through a sewing machine. By summer's end, her cupboards were filled with everything that could be canned in mason jars. Mama was devoted to her children as they grew, then her husband as his health declined, then her many friends from church and water aerobics at Sentara. Preceded in death by her parents Gus and Lula McDaniel, siblings, William, George and Woodrow McDaniel, sister Marguerite Mazzei, and precious granddaughter, Lillian Trippe. She leaves in love her daughters Barbara Trippe-Crute (Bill) and Mary Page, grandchildren, Aaron (Kristin) and Devin Trippe, Jeffery J., Wendy, and Christopher Steckroth, and Kayla Page, great grandchildren Marleigh Shannon, Viola Trippe and Madison Moon. A visitation at will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday September 23, 2018 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home 2551 N. Armistead Ave Hampton, VA 23666. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on September 24, 2018 at Bethel Manor Chapel 1794 1st Ave, Hampton, VA 23665. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park. The family wishes to thank the nurses and aids at Riverside Hospital for their skilled and loving care during her final days. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Poquoson Rescue Squad 1035 Poquoson Ave Poquoson, VA 23662 or to the charity of your choosing. Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.
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Published in Daily Press on Sep. 21, 2018.